"And that is where my trepidation kicks in, in terms of being so willing to just concede that the Cleveland Cavaliers are gonna end up coming out of the east, after all".
Coach Casey went to the finals previous year just to see the championship contenders play.
"Everyone had counted Cleveland out", said Toronto coach Dwane Casey, whose could be fired.
Kevin Love has yet to re-discover his All-NBA form with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
"For me it was championship or bust, that's what I feel", Lowry said.
"It's disappointing", he added. You get the point. "But you don't want to go down that way, let go of the rope".
Every rotational player outside of LeBron James stepped up in this second-round series.
The Raptors can take solace from the fact that they were once again eliminated by a side led by James, arguably one of the greatest players of all time. Especially with LeBron putting on unbelievable performances in his 15th season, the question always gets asked regarding whether LeBron James is the greatest player of all-time or not. The run included the final 12 points of the half.
It haunted the Raptors in Game 3, for example, when they committed 17 turnovers and lost by only two points. "You dwell on what should have happened, what could have happened in life, you'll drive yourself insane". "When we get stops, we're able to get out in transition and play with pace". DeMar DeRozan was a punchline in this series (more on him later), but Kyle Lowry was excellent. DeRozan finished with 13 points after sitting out the fourth quarter in Game 3.
"The last three years have been rough for us, competing against this team", DeRozan said postgame.
"He's another added ball handler, another guy with a high basketball IQ that's been in big games", James said of Hill.
Jonas Valanciunas led Toronto with 18 points. Paul then drove the dagger into the bone with 35 seconds left, passing out of a double team to find a wide-open PJ Tucker in the corner for a three that gave the Rockets a 10-point lead. After all, the Raptors locked the first seed in the Eastern Conference. James was the only starter to see action, playing 4:22. Cleveland was also 11-1 at Quicken Loans Arena since December 2014.
Hood scored just 2 points on 1-of-9 shooting in three appearances against the Raptors. The Raptors, on the other hand, were embarrassingly swept in the second round.
James also broke a lot of records this season alone.
Isaiah Thomas, who overcame the death of his younger sister to help the Celtics to last year's conference finals before injuring his hip in Game 2 against the Cavs, was one of the key pieces in that Irving trade. They will face either Boston or Philadelphia. But for me, it's about, I'm going to show them how much I trust them and how much I believe in them. "This is the place that gave me a chance, gave me an opportunity". The Raptors shot 45.6 percent and were 4 of 15 from behind the arc.
The quick dismissal earned the Cavs a minimum of five days' rest, which could stretch to eight depending on how the Boston-Philadelphia series plays out.
According to the report, the Los Angeles Lakers is one of the teams who is looking forward to acquiring King James' talents.